Speak First Blog

23 June 2022

One vision with many voices: Why leadership training is for everyone

In the words of William Shakespeare: “Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” There are also plenty of people who should have greatness, but never ...

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9 June 2022

Creating a lasting relationship: How to build trust with clients

When talking to clients, there’s a number of approaches you can take: the light touch, the hard sell, influencing, manipulation, and the list goes on. These all have advantages and disadvantages, ...

26 May 2022

Rise to the challenge: How to be a great leader in a VUCA world

The best leaders develop the direction and vision for their teams, while setting the tone and atmosphere of the organisation. They should motivate, inspire and bring everyone along with them. This is ...

19 May 2022

Meet your people where they are: How to run hybrid learning solutions

Hybrid training is yet another new frontier for L&D teams around the globe, coming with its own array of opportunities and challenges for learners and organisations. It’s hardly the first new ...

5 May 2022

Getting ahead in negotiations: Reading and controlling body language

The most skilled poker players can win even when they’re holding a terrible hand. That’s because they know how to read their opponents’ body language and control their own. They’ll pick up on the ...

28 April 2022

Keeping control of your time: How to stand your ground

You’ve got a busy day of work ahead of you and you’re only just going to hit that deadline – assuming nothing distracts you. But then your inbox pings with a meeting invite for a brainstorming ...

14 April 2022

Decision-making in the face of ambiguity

“Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying into space.” – ...

7 April 2022

Into the lion’s den: What to know when presenting to the C-Suite

Presenting to C-Suite audiences – CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs and every other type of Chief Officer – can be daunting. In many respects, they’re just like any other audience, and all the usual tricks and ...

28 March 2022

Plan, write, review: The 3 steps to improve your business writing

Writing is a central skill for many jobs. Emails to clients, reporting results, sharing progress updates, offering feedback, writing proposals, creating marketing copy and technical instructions are ...

3 March 2022

Hybrid working: How to get the best of both worlds

Hybrid working is fast becoming the newest trend for organisations. During the pandemic, many people were forced to work from home, but now as the world begins to see a light at the end of the ...